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Pea Causes Sleepless Nights for Students

UCD AFC were narrowly beaten by Peamount/Moyle FC.LSL_Sun


UCD AFC took on Peamount/Moyle FC in the Leinster Senior League Sunday Senior 1 Division looking to bounce back from their 6-0 defeat to Cherry Orchard in the Cup the previous weekend. It was not to be as an injury hit Students side could not hold on for a point as they conceded a late winner in a 3-2 defeat. Goals from Tyrone McNelis and Ronan Lynagh had UCD in a good position to take at least a point but a last minute winner ruined that.


UCD began the game with an unfamiliar back four. David Mollumby and Robbie Keogh came into the backline in place of Steve Dillon and Hugh Davey and with Marc and Michael Whelan and James Timmons missing it was always going to be a big ask to secure all three points with such an inexperienced side at this level.


UCD began the game on the back foot and could not deal with their opponents superior physical approach to the game. The Students failed to create much in the first half and were looking to hold on until half time when diaster struck. The concession of a free kick out wide lead to a ball into the box that saw the visiting striker rise unchallenged to head home.


Peamount began the second half in the ascendancy again but the Students showed they still had some fight in them. Ronan Lynagh dragged them back into the game finishing smartly under the keeper after a good move down the right flank.


UCD could not take advantage of this break and found themselves behind again. A mix up at the back saw the ball fall kindly for the Peamount striker and he finished into an empty net. Once again it was up to the home side to respond and respond they did. Sean Buckley slipped a ball between the two visiting centre backs, finding Tyrone McNelis in space. He cleverly clipped the ball over the outrushing keeper and UCD were level again.


That confidence booster looked to give UCD the impetus to move forward again but as time ticked away it looked like the game would end in a stalemate. Again as the half looked to be closing out without incident UCD shot themselves in the foot. Like in the first half, the UCD defence failed to deal with a set piece and Peamount scored and took all three points.


With the benefit of a free weekend coming up it gives UCD's Sunday team time to regroup and put recent defeats behind them as they look to finish strongly as the season draws to a close.


UCD AFC: McGroarty, Mollumby, Dent, Keogh, Curtin, Buckley, Harte, Lynagh, Roche, McNelis, Daly